Kiev support for radicals destroys unity: Analyst

Kiev support for radicals destroys unity: Analyst

Wed May 7, 2014 2:45PM GMT

The Ukrainian government is “destroying the unity of its own country” by supporting atrocities of the far-right extremist groups against the pro-Russian opposition, a political analyst tells Press TV.

In an interview with Press TV on Wednesday, Dmitry Babich, radio host of Voice of Russia from Moscow, criticized the Ukrainian government for failing to show “compassion” for the protesters in the city of Odessa, where nearly 40 people were killed.

The May 2 deadly conflict in Odessa came as a result of a fire in a trade union building, where pro-Russia activists had taken shelter.

“The problem is that the Ukrainian authorities failed to express any sort of compassion, any sort of pity for the families of the people who died and the people who died, they were Ukrainian citizens,” he said.

“I am afraid in this way the Ukrainian government is destroying the unity of its own country because now in places like Odessa, in places like Slavyansk or Donetsk where armed force was used, people are going to be more suspicious of the government in Kiev and they would certainly want autonomy or maybe even seceded from that country and having their own state just because of what happened,” he added.

Pro-Russia protests gained momentum in Ukraine after Crimea declared independence from the former Soviet state and formally became part of the Russian Federation following a referendum in March.

Over a dozen cities in eastern Ukraine are under the control of pro-Russian protesters, including Lugansk, Kramatorsk, Donetsk and Horlivka.

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